I recently did a study on the cloud that led Israel through the wilderness and settled over the Tent of Meeting (see Ex. 37). The cloud of glory appears as a visible evidence or sense of the Presence of God, His radiant and sometimes visible goodness. We feel it. Sometimes we see it.
It's the tangible sense of His love and peace. It's the heat or feeling of electricity flowing through you when someone prays for you and you know you're being touched. At our church and others it's also been audible angel song, feathers that fall from the air or angelic instruments we sometimes hear.
Many of you who are avid watchers of Christian television have no doubt seen my friend, Alvin Slaughter. He's a singer of tremendous anointing and incredible good humor.
Alvin tells a story about a time when he was in one of those first class lounges in the airport, waiting to board his next flight. Wearing his ever-present Walkman, he settled back with a favorite music tape and became overwhelmed with the presence of the Lord.
a Pennsylvania pastor led a four-man team into the quake zone in Port-au-Prince
to save a handful of orphans.
Psalm 27 was posted on the orphanage wall.
the Rescue Children Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a small sign was
hanging on one of the building's concrete walls on Jan. 12, the day the city
was leveled by a devastating earthquake. It was a verse from Psalm 27, written
in English and Creole: "When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord
will take care of me."
words have rich meaning today, not only to the 11 children in that orphanage
who survived the quake but to Randy Landis, a charismatic pastor from
Allentown, Pa., who helped lead a dangerous search-and-rescue mission when he
learned about the calamity. He knew the children had survived the quake, but
when phones went dead he had no idea if they had food, water or protection from
falling debris. So Landis and a small team of men from Lifechurch of Allentown
sprang into action.
Growing up in the 1950s, I knew there were two Christian
leaders who stood head and shoulders above the rest—Oral Roberts and
Billy Graham. I never dreamed I would get to know Oral personally,
publish one of his books, serve on one of his boards and even visit him
“to say goodbye.”
Once Oral told some leaders that if they
were ever asked to speak and were unprepared, they should tell their
testimony. Now I feel inadequate to pay tribute to a man who did more
than probably anyone in the 20th century to bring God’s healing power
to the church. So I’ll just tell my testimony of knowing him.
I met Oral through my mentor Jamie Buckingham. I was
barely 30 when I was invited to a meeting of about 100 leaders in the
newly built City of Faith, on the Oral Roberts University (ORU) campus
in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the meeting Oral walked around the room and
prayed for each person. When he came to me he said: “Never doubt the
gift that’s within you.”
I had only recently started Charisma. Oral must
have sensed I was unsure about God’s call on my life. Yet he saw God’s
hand on this fledgling magazine. He told me later he read every issue.
And once he recorded a short endorsement that I’m so proud of I put it
on the special online tribute we posted (charismamag.com/index.php/oral-roberts-tribute).
Once Oral asked me to serve on ORU’s board of regents. I felt as a journalist I needed to keep my objectivity, so I declined.
Now, 25 years later, my son Cameron (who graduated from ORU) is the
youngest member of ORU’s new board of trustees. Instead, I served for
many years on the International Charismatic Bible Ministries board. It
brought me to Tulsa for many years and I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with
this great man.
I have met heads of state and titans of industry. But
never had I met a man who could humbly walk into a room with such a
commanding presence. But Oral wasn’t perfect, and he spoke candidly of
And while he lived in utmost moral
integrity, he sometimes did things he must have regretted. When he was
desperate to keep ORU’s medical school afloat in the mid-1980s, he
threatened that “God would take him home” if he didn’t raise the money.
I wrote an essay in our local newspaper explaining that
many Christians believe after they accomplish all they can, God will
call them home. That comment is often made at funerals to provide
comfort when someone’s life is cut short. Apparently Oral felt that if
he failed to save his medical school he would have nothing more to
accomplish and he’d go to heaven.
The money did come in, but it wasn’t
enough to save the medical school. ORU suffered a great setback and it
left ORU heavily in debt. Yet the university and his vision survived
and lives on.
The day of Oral’s funeral on December 21 I looked out my
hotel window to the beautiful campus that had once been a farm on the
edge of Tulsa. I’d heard Oral tell how he had walked that vacant
property, prayed in tongues and then interpreted back to himself
direction from the Holy Spirit. I have used that prayer technique many
After Oral retired to Southern California, I arranged to
visit him “to say goodbye.” I took my friend R.T. Kendall, who wanted
to meet him. Oral admired several of Kendall’s books, so he wanted to
meet him and I went along to help conduct an interview we published in Ministry Today.
I saw him only one more time—at Mark Rutland’s
inauguration as the third president of ORU. After the ceremony others
on the platform exited amid great academic pageantry. As Oral was
helped off the stage by his caregivers he gave a great wave as if to
Later Mark spent some private time with ORU’s founder.
After their conversation, Oral put his feeble arm around Rutland’s
shoulder and said, “Now I’m ready to go home.” Rutland assumed he was
ready to go back to Southern California. Later he realized Oral meant
he was ready to go to heaven.
Oral Roberts inspired millions, including this former
newspaper reporter. I’m thankful he saw a gift in me. His legacy of
faith makes me want to use that gift to its maximum impact.
Steve Strang conducted several interviews with Oral Roberts, including this one in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the early 1980s.
One of the easiest ways to fuel a “love revolution” is to
decide to make others feel valuable. Mother Teresa said: “Being
unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody: I think that is
a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has
nothing to eat.”
I have discovered that most people we
meet or come into contact with in our everyday lives don’t have a sense
of their infinite value as children of God. I think the devil works
very hard to make people feel devalued and worthless, but we can
neutralize the effect of his lies and insinuations by building up,
encouraging and edifying people.
Oral Roberts was not a sophisticated guy. Men of faith rarely are. He was born in poverty, and his early years in ministry were not glamorous. One Pentecostal Holiness preacher who was
alive in the 1930s says he remembers when Oral and Evelyn Roberts tied
everything they owned to the back of their car and moved from Georgia to Oklahoma. They modeled the kind of pioneering faith that requires sacrifice and humility.
It’s intriguing that Oral Roberts died just as we were
about to enter a new decade. His death on December 15 represents the
passing of an era. The pioneers of the charismatic movement are leaving
us. And it causes me to wonder, with some concern, whether we are
equipped with the kind of faith we need in this hour.
Roberts was the quintessential faith
preacher. But during his lifetime, “faith preacher” took on a negative
connotation because of various scandals and excesses in the faith
movement. I loved much of the early faith teaching, but I was turned
off when some of the flashier pulpiteers began to focus so much on
financial prosperity that they became materialistic and manipulative
when taking offerings.
Also, I didn’t buy the so-called “name
it and claim it” philosophy because I don’t believe I should reduce my
relationship with God to a formula. And I was also grieved when
proponents of the faith message started suggesting that we can’t admit
when we’re sick. That is not faith; that’s denial.
Like Kenneth Hagin Sr., Roberts was a
faith preacher who also was troubled by the way the faith movement
morphed into something else during the 1980s and 1990s. I’m sure he
longed for the days when faith was more about conversions and healings
and less about private jets and Rolex watches.
Today’s generation is weary of hype. We
crave genuine faith. Paul told Timothy: “The goal of our instruction is
love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere
faith” (1 Tim. 1:5, NASB, emphasis added). That word “sincere” is
translated “unfeigned” in the King James Version. It means real, pure
and undisguised. It’s not pretend. And it’s not mixed with carnality.
Some of what we called faith in the past
was mixed with greed and selfishness. One slick prosperity preacher
encourages his followers to wear a T-shirt that says: “I WANT MY STUFF.”
That immature attitude is a sick substitute for biblical faith. Real
faith is focused on the kingdom of God, not ourselves. It grows
steadily inside us as we hear the promises of God’s Word and then build
our lives on spiritual reality—while embracing godly character.
I want to be a man of faith, yet too
often doubts and anxieties plague me. So when 2010 began I started
studying the life of Abraham. I’ve been reading and re-reading passages
in Genesis, Romans, Hebrews and Galatians that describe the journey of
the man we call “the father of our faith.” Abraham proved that if we
want to please God we must believe Him—even when the promises seem
Oral Roberts used to tell his listeners: “Expect a miracle!” I believe that’s still sound advice for us today. I know Roberts was
not perfect, and he had some regrets about his ministry. Yet he
pioneered Christian broadcasting in the 1950s, built a successful
university and challenged the church to believe in divine healing. That
inspires me to pray big prayers and reach for big goals.
I encourage you to write down every
promise God has given you from Scripture. Whatever challenge you face,
grab hold of His specific word to you. Meditate on it and declare it.
Let your faith grow stronger as you spend intimate time in prayer and
Perhaps you need a better job, an open
door for ministry or a spiritual turnaround in your church. Or you may
be asking God to restore a broken relationship or bring a prodigal
child back to Him. Don’t let the ravenous birds of doubt and
discouragement steal your promise.
You can expect a miracle. Let a holy
anticipation arise in your heart. We are crossing over into a
significant new era of spiritual renewal. A land of promise awaits us—and we can claim it if we will simply believe.
Lee Grady is editor of Charisma. You can find him on Twitter at leegrady
Last week I had the privilege of participating in a referendum request hearing at the board of elections in Washington, D.C. Our team petitioned to have the people of the District of Columbia vote on the recently passed same-sex marriage law before it goes into effect. We feel very strongly that the people’s voice needs to be heard.
As I sat in the chambers, I felt a growing sense of outrage at the audacity of my city’s elected officials and the hubris of our appointed civil servants. There seems to be an amazing assault on the basic freedoms of all Americans, regardless of race. Courts and legislators seem compelled to ignore polls and the heartfelt values of the people. Further, in D.C. the board of elections and the city council have ignored the District of Columbia’s charter, which should act like the “national constitution,” but on city affairs.
Our life on Earth is a life of seasons, a life of changes. Just as some seasons
are eagerly awaited and others are less happily anticipated because they are
not as pleasant, so some changes life brings are welcome and others are dreaded
because they are difficult, harsh and painful.
The thing that keeps us pressing on in the midst of changes, both good and bad,
is the belief that God is in full control of His world and that "He
[makes] everything beautiful in its time" (Eccl. 3:11, NKJV).No
matter what may come our way, we have a promise of beauty!
But only God in His eternal wisdom knows how the transformation will unfold and
when it will take place. He does His work as we learn to live in obedience and
contentment, trusting Him, believing that He will bring us through every season
of sorrow and pain into a beautiful reward.
His Word assures us, "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in
the morning" (Ps. 30:5). We can count on this. But what are we to do while
the night season remains?
The answer is, ENDURE. "For you have need of endurance, so that
after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise" (Heb.
10:36). "Endurance" is the ability to keep pressing on without
growing weary. It is stamina, forbearance, courage, fortitude, durability and
ability to stand.
But Biblical endurance is more than just being the last man to stand. Derived
from the Greek word "hupomone," which means cheerful endurance or
hopeful waiting,biblical endurance speaks to the attitude with which we
wait as much as it does to the act of waiting itself. It is more than just
making it across the finish line; it is the outlook we maintain while we run
Cheerful endurance is a powerful attitude that says, "God not only CAN
change my circumstances; He WILL!" It is a mind-set that is filled with
compelling confidence, trust, expectation, optimism and assurance in Christ.
Hopeful waiting and cheerful endurance will not allow us to give up our dreams
or turn loose of our hope; instead they call us to a deeper level of faith.
So how do we gain such endurance? The answer is not easy to accept. The Bible
clearly says that the trying and testing of our faith produces endurance (see
Testing is the weight of choice that God uses to develop our spiritual muscles
and internal stamina. When we face a trial that threatens our faith; when we
find ourselves in circumstances that are incompatible with what we believe, we
are in God's gym. It is then that we have the opportunity to build our
The resistance we feel can serve us in that moment. If we begin to lift the
weight up off ourselves with prayer, singing, meditation and obedient
responses, we will bench-press our way into cheerful endurance. The joy that
comes from passing a test, knowing that we have honored God in our lives, is
But what if we do not respond properly to God's "no pain, no gain"
training program? What happens to our endurance if these weights remain upon
us? The result of that condition is obvious. Trying to run a race while
encumbered with weights would leave us exhausted, depressed and drained. Yet
many of us do exactly that and then are perplexed at why our progress is so
Instead, we must rise up in faith, as the apostle Paul admonishes us to do:
"Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that
so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God
has set before us" (Rom.12:1).
The scripture says that WE are to throw off the weights. We must lay them down;
we must rid ourselves of them because they are counterproductive to our
We are not supposed to tolerate the weight of fear, failure, bitterness or
unforgiveness, or the heaviness of Satan's lies. We must press against these
weights, lift them off and grow in cheerful endurance!
Is God calling you to joyful endurance? Is He calling you to a new level of
faith? Do you need a fresh, dynamic, flourishing and hopeful expectation in
God? Have you lost your hope that anything beautiful can come out of your life,
your circumstances, your relationships, or your dreams?
Then get to God's gym. Start working out your salvation. There IS hope for a
better tomorrow because you have a promise of beauty! Throw off the old weights
and start running with endurance. You'll be amazed at the results!
We are truly entering a new season. We must enter this season watching and listening. We must enter it with joy. Listen carefully to the revelation that the Lord is bringing forth in this hour.
Below is additional revelation from the session in which Cindy Jacobs ministered at our Starting the Year Off Right conference. It was a powerful session, with prophecy, tongues and interpretation. The video on our media page (scroll down the page to see it) is very powerful. God does not do anything without first telling His prophets.
We've faked the power of Pentecost long enough. Let's set aside the imitations and reclaim the real deal.
Shortly after Elijah was carried to heaven in his fiery chariot, a group of young prophets asked Elisha to go with them to build new living quarters near the Jordan River. While one of the young men was cutting down a tree, the blade of his axe fell in the water and sank into the murky depths of the riverbed (see 2 Kings 6:1-7).
The construction project came to an abrupt stop. This was before the days of flashlights and sonar devices. These guys were in trouble.
"What a mess!" my husband
and I both kept saying again and again as we threw our hands in the air. We
spent the entire day going through old boxes of things we had collected over the
years. We had set aside several days to clean out closets and storage spaces. We
found countless things we forgot we owned. Do you have some boxes like that—the
ones where you sort of know what is in them, but then again, not really? Most of
us have scores of them.
In those boxes we found old magazines, yearbooks,
old cassette tapes, pictures and keepsakes. Many had developed a musty smell
that comes from years of storage. Then we came to the boxes of things we had
saved from our early years together of marriage and ministry. After hours of
sorting, I found it. It was a piece of paper from a time in our lives when it
seemed that our dreams for the future were crumbling one by one.
a prayer list we had made, much of which seemed so far-fetched. Some of the
items on the list were immediate needs that existed at the time, while others
were larger dreams and things we were asking God to do in the years to come,
much of which would take an absolute miracle to accomplish.
The day we
wrote it out years before, we had hung that long list of seemingly impossible
requests on our refrigerator. Every day we walked by it, and we would place our
hands on it and pray. We spoke aloud each time, reminding the Lord we were
expecting miracles. We quoted the Scripture verses we were trusting in regard to
it. We declared that each item would come to pass and we would see the hand of
God move. We spoke over the list believing for God's intervention, even when it
felt like we weren't seeing it.
Shortly thereafter, we moved to a
different house and, along with the rest of our household items, packed up that
list of prayer requests. Well, you know how it goes. You don't always unpack all
those boxes. Actually, a few moves later and nearly two decades of marriage
later, the number of unpacked boxes in the garage and basement grew.
finally on a clean-out day, I read that list again written almost 20 years ago.
My eyes filled with tears as I read it. I suddenly realized that God has not
only answered the seemingly small things, but over the years He had also
answered every item on the list, way beyond even what we wrote down. He
even answered the things that seemed impossible. Again, in a flash, I was
reminded of all the miracles that we had seen during the last several years. We
had seen the power of God revealed from heaven again and again. The things we
had seen God do were nothing short of miraculous and it was mostly all related
to what was on the list!
At that moment, we were not only reminded of
God's enduring faithfulness (and we apologized to the Lord for not acknowledging
His answers to these prayers sooner), but we also realized something else. It
was that every time we were putting our hand on the list taped to the fridge we
were releasing the power of God to work on our behalf. The supernatural God
inside us was releasing miracles; a river was flowing and bringing the answer,
and it didn't stop flowing until every request was answered, even though we
didn't realize it was happening at the time.
I have learned from this
experience not only that God lives in us, but also that the supernatural
God lives in us. He wants His supernatural power to flow through us to
accomplish the miraculous and do the impossible in our circumstances.
was talking with a woman who was struggling through a series of trials in her
life. Her take on her situation was that she was powerless to do anything but
wait and see what God would do. I knew she was committed to trust God, even if
the outcome was not what she hoped; however, let's face it, she wanted the same
outcome we all want—the same outcome we wanted when we made our prayer list. She
wanted her trial to result in a miracle. She wanted a supernatural intervention
of God to turn her situation around.
If we are honest with ourselves,
that is really what we all want when we come to God, isn't it? We want the power
of God to rescue us from the pain today so we can rise up and be a new person
tomorrow. Maybe what we have yet to realize is that the power of God is already
there. It's in you in the person of the Holy Spirit ready to work and ready to
flow (see Acts 1:8). When the fullness of God's Spirit is in you, there is
power, and it's the same power that performed the miracle of raising Jesus
Christ from the dead (see Rom. 8:11). Tap into that power and watch Him do the
miraculous for and through you.
Adapted from The Supernatural You
by Brenda Kunneman, copyright 2009, published by Charisma House. This book
will show you how to tap into the river of the Holy Spirit within you to
experience the supernatural power of God working in and through you. To order a copy click on this link:
Several themes and Scriptures for 2010 have been highlighted to me by the Holy Spirit recently as I have waited on the Lord. I believe we are entering into a crucial time, and I have some wonderful prophetic encouragements to share as well as some urgent prophetic warnings concerning the year ahead. As we meditate on God's promises and the following Scriptures, I believe 2010 will be a year of great fruitfulness in our lives!
When the earthquake struck last week, a brave American
woman found supernatural strength to praise the Lord—and to help deliver two
My friend Linda Graham believes in miracles, but her
faith was stretched beyond her wildest imagination last week when she arrived
in Haiti with three other women from Durham, N. C. They were on a routine
mission to deliver blankets, clothing and medical supplies to an orphanage in
the town of Carrefour.
They had no idea they were walking right into one of the
worst natural disasters in modern history.
In my years of service
as a pastor, many people have come to me with questions concerning knowing the
will of God for their lives. You may have questions about this as
You may ask, "Well, pastor, how do I really know whether this is my
will or God's will?" What I always tell people is that the will of God is
following the desires of your heart.
You may respond to that by saying:
"Well, pastor, how do I know whether it is my desire or God's desire? How can I
tell the difference between the desires I have and those that God gives me?" My
answer to that is, "If your heart is pure and you really desire to do the will
of God, you don't have to worry about your desires being wrong."
1:15 says, "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled
and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled"
The only time you have to be concerned about your desires being wrong is
when you are in rebellion, disobedience, lust, or some other type of sin. Then
you have to be careful that you don't confuse your desires with God's desires.
People in a sinful spiritual state will twist or pervert God's desires. But as
long as you are pure, sincere and open before God, you can trust your desires
because your heart is open to receive the desires of God rather than your
One of the primary ways God will lead you is by the desires of your
heart. For example. If you are supposed to have a teaching ministry, God will
give you the desire to teach. You will have a burning desire to teach. Jeremiah
had a prophetic ministry. He was called to give the word of the Lord, and when
he tried to suppress it, the desire to prophesy became like fire shut up in his
You need to judge your own heart. If it is found to be pure and
you are sincere, then follow the desires of your heart because God will lead you
by dropping things into your spirit (that is, your heart). I believe it is the
same for getting a rhema word from God.
As long as your heart is right
and your motives are pure, you don't need to fear deception. God will always
answer those who are pure in heart. "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they
shall see God" (Matt. 5:8). God will give you revelation, and He will show you
things to come.
Ask God to keep you pure of heart and able to discern a
false prophet. You will often know them by their fruits (see Matt. 7:16,20; Luke
6:44). Do not let the existence of counterfeit prophecy deter you from receiving
the real thing. That would be like deciding not to pay for purchases with dollar
bills because you have heard that people manufacture counterfeit
There have been many times when I went to a meeting confused about
the specifics concerning the will of God for my life. I just did not know how to
accomplish what I felt He was telling me to do. I needed to hear God speak to my
situation. But because the sermon was "general" in nature, an all-purpose good
message, I would leave in the same state in which I came, and I would not have
an opportunity to receive prophetic ministry, which is what I needed
It wasn't until I started seeking a rhema word from God that I got
the direction I needed for my life. You will also get the direction you need for
your life if you open up your heart to the word of the Lord through personal
prophecy and go to local assemblies where the believers flow accurately in the
prophetic gift. Thank God for the gift of prophecy.
Adapted from God Still
Speaks by John Eckhardt, copyright 2009, published by Charisma House.
Building from a biblical foundation, Eckhardt incorporates his own experiences
and those from people in his church to help you understand how to hear and
receive the prophetic word of the Lord for you, your family, church and
community. To order a copy click on this link:
Transforming America’s racial and
cultural dynamics is a lot like running a marathon. The only major differences
are time and course. The grueling 26.2 miles of a marathon is run in just over
two hours by world-class athletes, while the race toward King’s dream has
already been over 50 years in the making. Although we have some sense of the
finish line, the end of our course is not in sight. Further, it is hard
to judge our progress. We are not sure whether we should count certain “firsts”
as significant. Others believe that the depth of professional penetration by
blacks, Hispanics or other groups into various professional arenas is a more
appropriate measure of entering a post-racial era.
This is the word given through a compilation of the prophetic releases and consensus of the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders (ACPE). There are differing variables that can affect the timing and/or coming to pass of these words:
1. All prophecy not contained in Scripture is conditional. 2. A prophecy may take longer than one calendar year to come to pass. Some [will] take many years to fulfill. 3. It is possible that prophetic warnings will cause either the person or the nation to repent and so turn away the judgment prophesied. Biblically, this happened when Jonah prophesied to Nineveh and the city repented, causing God to relent.
There's too much awkward silence when it comes to old and
young. It's time to start a conversation.
One of my core passions is training younger Christians.
Whether I'm doing an online Bible study with a friend overseas or taking a
couple of guys with me on a mission trip, relational discipleship has become a
priority now that I'm older. Young leaders need more than stuffy talking heads
who just preach at them from acrylic pulpits; they want approachable mothers
and fathers who will share a meal, listen, ask questions and invite co-equal
Shyju Matthew is a young leader I met last year in India.
Based in Bangalore, he serves on the staff at Bethel Assembly of God Church.
He's only 24, but Shyju conducts evangelistic events around the globe. He has
exceptional maturity and spiritual anointing. Yet he recognizes his need for
input from the older generation. In fact, he seeks it out.
The prodigal son didn't
end up among the pigs the day he left his father's house; he went through a
gradual process of decline (see Luke 15:11-15). So it is with us. If the enemy
presented the end with the first temptation, it would be easy to resist! But
usually the departure from grace is so subtle that even leaders take the
The warning signs are visible long before we fully embrace sin. One
of the first is that we allow other people or things to take the place in our
hearts that belongs only to God.
Preferring any earthly thing over God is
a clear sign that our hearts have wandered. Even the spiritually mature are in
danger of allowing what is visible to usurp the place of the eternal, invisible
The result is that we become lukewarm in our pursuit of God.
Complacency sets in. We compare ourselves to the standard of others rather than
to the standard of the Word and justify what we know is compromise.
begin to live "a form of godliness," being outwardly religious but having no
power in our lives (2 Tim. 3:5, KJV). Self then takes the throne (see vv.2-4).
We are no longer able to express the pure love God desires and are often
judgmental and critical of others. Ultimately, like the prodigal son squandering
his inheritance, we end up on the path to sin and spiritual death.
your heart has wandered, recognizing your condition and crying out for God's
help is the first step back into His empowering grace. Even your failure can be
a stepping stone to a higher place spiritually if you come to see that your
flesh can't be trusted. Understanding your own weakness is a key to releasing
God's power on your behalf.
The next step is to get right with God and
others. Even if you have been wronged, you must forgive. This may seem
difficult, but it is essential to maintaining communication with God—and it is
worth the price. As one saint wrote: "When the soul seeks nothing in the
universe but the smile of God and fears nothing but offending Him, it will
gladly consent to any price to get right with Him."
]Third, look to God
and His Word as your standard rather than to those around you. Jesus said, "'Be
ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect'" (Matt.
5:48). This is an impossible standard for us to attain on our own, but with God
we can do all things (see Phil. 4:13).
Finally, learn to walk in the
Spirit, keeping your mind on God and His kingdom by praying continually. In this
manner the Holy Spirit will become a filter for your thoughts.
Daily pray Psalm
139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious
thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way
everlasting" (NIV). God will be faithful to answer this prayer and to keep your
heart stayed on Him.
The year 2010 has ushered us into a new decade in the 21st century. Blessings, grace and prosperity are yours in 2010. It is harvest time!
The Bible tells us: "'Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe. So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested'" (Rev. 14:15-16).
I declare to you: "Prepare your sickle as the Lord of the Harvest releases the harvest for you to reap your portion." Like the men of Issachar, we must know the times and seasons so that we can work them skillfully to our advantage for personal and kingdom advancement.
The late Oral Roberts used to say, "Expect a miracle."
That's good advice as we enter this new season.
When Pentecostal healing evangelist Oral Roberts died a
few weeks ago I was shocked that some Christians pounced on his legacy so
quickly. They didn't even wait a few days for friends and family members to mourn.
While Billy Graham—a true Christian gentleman—was offering kind remarks about
Roberts, the heresy hunters were denouncing him as a charlatan.
Besides being incredibly rude, these harsh judgments were
unfair. While I am sure Roberts made plenty of mistakes in his six decades of
ministry, I'm grateful that he dared to believe God for the impossible. He
pioneered the use of television to reach millions for Christ in the 1960s. He
built a successful Christian university. And, in spite of the naysayers, he challenged
a doubting church to believe in divine healing.